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Jul 3, 2011 9:00am PDT
john mccain spending the 4th with the troops in afghanistan. i'm candy crowley and this is "state of the union." >>> minutes ago we were joined from kabul by the ranking republican on the armed forces committee, john mccain. you have been fearful that withdrawing the troops by september of next year is risky to the troops and advances made on the ground. have you seen or heard anything that causes you to rethink that? >> no, basically what i have seen and heard here, both from afghans as well as a number of americans is that it's an unnecessary risk, and it's not recommended by any of the military, and i hope it will work out, but it certainly deprives us of the troops that we need for the second fighting season. >> lieutenant general john allen, as you know, is the nominee to be the u.s. commander in afghanistan. he was testifying on capitol hill this week, and i want to play you part of what he said and basically his position is he supports the president's withdrawal plan. here is a little of what he said. >> this reality sends a important message as well as a sense of urgency t
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Jul 3, 2011 3:00pm PDT
in afghanistan, now his parents are picking up where he left off, challenging a minnesota state ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage. i'll talk to them and the man sponsoring the bill coming up. with your mortgage, want to avoid foreclosure. candy? um-- well, you know, you're in luck. we're experts in this sort of thing, mortgage rigamarole, whatnot. why don't we get a contract? who wants a contract? [honks horn] [circus music plays] here you go, pete. thanks, betty. betty: we're out of toner. announcer: if you're facing foreclosure, talk to the right people. speak with hud-approved housing counselors free of charge at... . >>> minnesota is shaping up as the next battleground in the same-sex marriage debate. voters next year will consider a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman. the family of corporal andrew wilfahrt is adamantly opposed to it. their son, who was openly gay, was killed by an ied in afghanistan last february. i recently spoke with the wilfahrts about why gay rights has become so important to them. first listen to m
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Jul 6, 2011 1:00am PDT
following a discussion of rockets being fired into afghanistan from across the border in afghanistan. the pakistani government denied responsibility for recent deadly rocket attacks in afghanistan. those are the headlines. i'm monita rajpal in london. "world business today" starts right now. good morning from cnn london. i'm nina dos santos. more advertisers consider pulling the plug as britain's tabloids is hacked. >>> and touching a raw nerve. we'll tell you why japan's meat eating carnival girls have a beef with the boys. >>> first up, though, let's take a look at the markets. it's been a mixed day for asia's stock markets. banking stocks sunk in china. here in europe we had a down beat start to the day. european stock markets have been open for slightly more than an hour at the moment, and as you can see, most of them firmly stuck in the red at the moment. >>> and let's have a look at the currencies because on the currencies front the euro is down by three-tenths of one u.s. dollar. a little under 81 as you can see at the moment. 80.80 is where we stand. in asia it was a mixed da
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Jul 7, 2011 12:00am PDT
known patriot. you fly a lot to afghanistan to play for the troops. are you a traditional republican? >> no. >> you seem complicated politically. you are not either one or the other, really? you are more for one than a party. >> i'm like the majority of people we don't want bible thumpers running the country and we don't want pot-smoking hippies running it. people are like hey, chill out. let's figure this out and give people the opportunities and the tools to, we say live the american dream. i know there's things wrong on both sides. belief wise, more republican and less government and creating opportunity. if you had to strictly say one of those, yes, i sway more that way. then i would sway left on other issues. >> do you think the wars in afghanistan and iraq have been justified? >> you know, that's tough to say. when you get into politics, i know this much. i don't study political science. >> forget the politics. are we winning from what you have seen? >> we need to have a presence on the ground. it's like somebody keeping an eye on the bully around town. if you let them free, he
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Jul 9, 2011 9:00pm PDT
" run we hit the -- at the same time of the russian invasion of afghanistan, which i don't think anybody really completely understood what was going on. i have just read a really, really great book about afghanistan, so forgive me for talk about afghanistan. i've gone off on a tangent. >> another time. >> suddenly people started talking about politics again. they said, maybe paralleled with what we were trying to say there was an interesting subject. >> how much have the critics gotten to you over the years? >> i don't really care very much if i don't think the critics really understand music. >> somebody that you respect, what is the most hurtful kind of thing they could say that would really get to you? >> i guess somebody who i did respect as a musician said that the score was humdrum or something, then i would be sad if i believed in the score. there are always going to be occasions where i think with musical theater, and particularly i think what i do in musical theater, it gets a little bit curious because i fit between sort of two camps. clearly the worst composer in history for "
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Jul 9, 2011 10:00pm PDT
al qaeda is within reach. leon panetta touched down in kabul, afghanistan, and he says that the terrorist group is on the run after the killing of its leader osama bin laden. he is in afghanistan for talks with hamid karzai ahead of turning over control of areas of afghanistan. >>> reporters at britain's "news of the world" have file their last stories and sunday's issue of the tabloid will be the last one. owner ruppert murdoch ordered the paper shut down. the tabloid became toxic when it was revealed reporters may have hacked the voice mail boxes of thousands of people while chasing stories. >>> casey anthony will be free a week from sunday, but there are further signs her relationship with her mother may be fractured. a florida correctional official says casey refused to let her mother visit her in the orange county jail friday night. anthony who was acquitted of murdering her little girl was sentenced to four years for lying to police but given credit for time served. >>> betty ford, one of the most beloved first ladies has died of natural causes. two services have
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Jul 12, 2011 3:00am PDT
of afghanistan. >> that's right. we begin there where afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was found shot to death at his home. ahmed wali karzai was the provenÇal council chief of kandahar. he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest according to hospital officials. a spokesman for kandahar's government said a guard killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in this heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you might be going to the hospital. >> it was hard to stay focused because it was so hot out. >> dehy
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Jul 17, 2011 4:00pm PDT
in their attempts to weaken government of afghanistan. a key advisor to karzai was killed today inside the home, his home by three attackers. a member of parliament also died in the attack. president karzai's half brother who was also a government official was assassinated less than a week ago. >>> also in afghanistan, general david petraeus pet will hand over command of nato troops monday to marine corps general john allen. petraeus is retiring from the army. president obama has chosen petraeus to be the next director of the cia. >>> hosni mubarak briefly slipped into a coma today before regaining consciousness. his condition is now stable. hosni mubarak has been hospitalized since april. this isn't the only health concern for the former president. >> we have to know about the situation is that hosni mubarak's health since he's been ousted from power is deteriorating. he's being charged here in egypt with crimes with regard to his rule of almost 30 years and cracking town on the uprising that started here on january 25th during an interrogation he apparently collapsed. he's suffering from complicat
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Jul 2, 2011 4:00pm PDT
happens now. >>> fellow soldiers honor one of their own lost in combat in afghanistan. he was serving as an openly gay soldier. his parents are honoring his memory by fighting for same-sex marriage in minnesota. >>> when you enter the military, you have to take an oath to protect and defend the constitution. and to protect the country against foreign and domestic enemies. the enemy here is intolerance, misinformation, bigotry, probably greed. so as a soldier, that is what he was fighting for. >> i'll talk to them and a lawmaker in the state who wants to outlaw gay marriage. plus this -- ♪ that will never ♪ ain't no one going to love you ♪ >> boy, looks like a great time. one of the biggest music events in the country is in full swing in new orleans. we'll take you live to the essence music festival. >>> i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. a lot of news, let's get you caught up. a tragic holiday weekend for a family in indiana. one boy is dead, and his older stepbrother now faces a murder charge. police arrived at the home near martinsville on thursday. the 6-
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Jul 13, 2011 6:00pm PDT
is down to him? i want you to be brutally honest. >> let's take a look at afghanistan, as a piece of that. under bush, we had about 30,000 troops there. that was tripled during the obama administration. so two-thirds of the cost of afghanistan was put into place under obama. >> hang on, hang on, hang on, it wasn't president obama that took america into war in afghanistan. >> you asked for percentage. >> i'm talking about if you analyze the percentage of blame here, then surely you have to go back to decisions that were taken which helped collectively to create this crisis. although you keep presenting other arguments, give me a straight percentage. what percentage of blame, as we stand here today, should be apportioned to republican decision making? >> well, again, you just asked about a number and i said of the cost of the afghan war, the whole afghan war today -- >> why are you avoiding my question. >> is $20 billion. i'm trying to give you a percentage of for instance the afghan war, two-thirds of the cost there this year was put in by obama. that's one piece of the puzzle. >> but 100%
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Jul 18, 2011 3:00am PDT
last act as commander of nato forces in afghanistan. he handed off authority to the new komd ander john allen. petraeus is retiring from the army at the end of the month. he will be taking over as director of the cia in september. >> that's right. the government not able to pay its bills is looming large they are morning. the clock ticks towards the deadline. 16 days now and counting. the president and congressional lead remember pecked to meet again this week. last week wasn't all that successful. at the same time, the senate will begin debating a scaled-back fallback plan. both sides say they are optimistic they will strike a deal. >> i'm confident cooler heads will prevail. at tend we will not allow the united states to default on its debt despite the fact some people think that would be okay. >> if the president keeps insisting on raising taxes on american workers, there's not going to be a deal. i do think, however, that republican leaders will not allow the country to go into default. >> president obama insists both parties must agree on a deal by friday in order for it to get pas
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Jul 7, 2011 1:00am PDT
of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. revelations have made waves across the u.k. and even led to a debate in parliament. and definitely in that debate, i think it's fair to say that the prime minister at times looked very much to be on the back foot. >> he seemed to be. very close with the former editor of "the news of the world." shareholders also getting out of the paper's parent company, which is newscorp. its stock price fell 5% on wednesday. did pull back as you see there. but ended the day down more than 3.5%. investors voting with their feet, as well, charles. >> it's fascinating to see the business world and the political world really moving together on this. and as members of parliament here in the u.k. agree to launch a public inquiry into "the news of the world" alleged hacking, showing prime minister david cameron, and the culture secretary on either side of rupert murdoch. the pressure is rising on the media mogul. it was britain's worst peacetime act of terrorism. but now, there are concerns that families of those killed on 7/7, in 2005, were also eavesdropped up
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Jul 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
americans don't want to hear. billions of dollars in your tax money is being wasted in afghanistan or worse. a new federal audit says that some of that cash may be funding, are you ready for this? the same insurgency that is killing americans. chris lawrence is at the pentagon. chris, give us the details. >> reporter: they are not good, kyra. this audit by the inspector general shows that ten years into this war, the u.s. only has limited visibility over billions of dollars once we send it to afghanistan. what that does is it leaves the money vulnerable to fraud and even worse, quote, being diverted to insurgents. how much money are we talking about here? the u.s. has spent about $70 billion in afghanistan security and development projects and the audit shows that as much as $10 million every day, maybe smuggled out of afghanistan. how does that happen? well, when afghan government officials leech the country, no one is checking how much cash they are carrying with them. and the audit shows that afghan officials have no intention at all of scanning their cash through those electronic curren
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Jul 18, 2011 2:00pm PDT
crossed over from afghanistan and attacked a village on back stanny soil. the military believes the gunmen were members of the pakistani pakistan in the swat valley. again, in 2009, a military operation chased them away. they say it's a tactic that will not work. wolf? >> an amazing, very, very amazing story. thanks very much for that. it's a startling claim by a man who wants to be president of the united states. we're going to focus on new remarks by republican presidential candidate herman cain who's taking his very vocal concerns about muslims to a whole new level. and when rupert murdoch faces british law makers in a matter of hours, he may feel like he and his entire media empire are on trial. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." discover customersl are getting five percent cashback bonus at the pump... and at many of the places their summer plans take them. it pays to switch, it pays to discover. >> announcer: this past year alone there's been a 67% spike in companies embracing the cloud-- big clouds, small ones, public, private, even hybrid. your data and apps must move ea
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Jul 6, 2011 3:00am PDT
in afghanistan. the afghan army is short-staffed and learning to shoot as the u.s. tries to leave what a cnn crew found out on patrol in the mountains. >>> i'm ali velshi. nasa about to retire its shuttle program after friday's final launch. the space agency now looking into its past to help make a transition into its future on this "american morning." good morning. it's wednesday, july 6th. i'm christine romans. >> gla we are still talking about the casey anthony trial. what happens now? she could be a free woman tomorrow at her sentencing. committed on murder charges. after six weeks of testimony, nearly 11 hours of jury deliberations, it was not the courtroom climax that many seem to be expecting. >> as to the charge of first-degree murder, verdict as to count i, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated child abuse, verdict as to count ii, he w, the jury, found the defendant not guilty. as as to the aggravated manslaughter of a child, count iii, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> wow. the look on her face. just the look on her face as those count
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Jul 12, 2011 8:00am PDT
recipient to make it out of afghanistan alive. the army ranger took a bullet through both legs during a firefight. he still managed to fling an enemy grenade away from two other rangers -- from the other rangers. the grenade exploded taking off petri's right hand. >>> well, it is the scandal rocking one of the most powerful media empires in the world and it is getting bigger and even uglier today. two more of rupert murdoch's newspapers in great britain are being called out for allegedly breemping the privacy of everyone, from the former prime minister to the queen of england. murdoch himself along with his son and one of his top editors are being called by the british government to explain themselves. dan rivers, she in london. and, dan, tell us about this. it seems to go all the way at the top of newscorp. i understand we just lost dan. we're going it try to get back to dan as quickly as we can to bring you the very latest. i understand now we have dan. dan, can you hear me? dan? can you hear me? >> reporter: yes, i can hear you fine. >> dan, tell us about how high up this goes? we
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Jun 30, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. you need to be here. i've been here. i've been doing afghanistan and bin laden and the greek crisis. you stay here. let's get it done. >> well, today everyone piled on, republican john cornyn lashed out at the president on the senate floor. >> this is a grand opportunity for democrats and republicans to come together to do the nation's business. to be serious, not to be reckless, not to give demogagic speeches like the president gave yesterday. absolutely disgraceful, he should be ashamed. >> and democratic senator chuck schumer accused republicans of sabotaging the economy. >> all of a sudden it's sort of like a new fever has taken over the other side. that the best way to win is hurt the country as much as you can and that will create political benefit, and it's just -- it's sad. obviously all of us inside here are just yep set by it. >> meanwhile, we're just a month away from a potentially devastating economic breakdown. my next guest, congressman joe walsh, is a strict fiscal conservative and no fan of the obama administration, but does he feel the criticism is turning into some
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Jul 6, 2011 9:00pm PDT
♪ >> you're obviously a very well-known patriot. you fly a lot to afghanistan and iraq to play for the troops. it means a lot to you. are you a traditional republican? >> no. >> because you seem complicated politically. you are not either one or the other, really? you are more for your country than for party. >> i'm like the majority of people we don't want bible thumpers running the country and we don't want pot-smoking hippies running it. you know, there's a middle ground there that i think most of the around the world are. hey, chill out, man. let's try to figure this out and give people the opportunities and the tools to, what we say, live the american dream, and i know there's some things wrong on both sides. not i would sway belief-wise more republican and less government and creating opportunity. you know, if you had to strictly say, one of those, yes, would i sway a little bit more that way and then i would sway left on, you know, other issues. >> do you think the wars in afghanistan and iraq have been just wars? >> you know, that's tough to say. when you get into polit
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Jul 9, 2011 9:00am PDT
into the fight for afghanistan today. he landed there hours ago promising to take the fight to al qaeda. he says since killing osama bin laden, quote, we have them on the run, end quote. panetta says by applying maximum pressure, we can cripple al qaeda as a threat to this country. >>> the dalai lama is in washington, d.c. today beginning a ten-day spiritual ritual. with thousands gathered on the west lawn of the u.s. capitol, the leader of the tibetan buddhism discussed the importance of individual peace of mind and offered a personal perspective. >> i lost my own freedom at the age of 16. then i lost my own country. a lot of difficulties and a lot of responsibilities. however, i think comparatively, i can sustain peace of mind. >> the chinese government is taking a dim view of the dalai lama's visit to the nation's capital. it dismissed him as a political exile engaging in tibetan separatist activities under the guise of religion. >>> and now off to london where the skandized "news of the world" tabloid is getting ready to shut its doors for good. the final edition of the best-selling tabloid
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Jul 17, 2011 1:00pm PDT
by gunmen who barged into his home in central afghanistan. there he is on the left meeting american commanders back in 2002 when he was a provincial governor. officials say the attackers also killed a member of afghanistan's parliament and conned security detail. this days after president karzai's brother was assassinated in kandahar. david, tell us about what's happening right here. >> reporter: hi, fred. just moments ago we spoke with both nato and afghan officials. this gun battle that has been raging since about 8:00 p.m. local time here in kabul continues. what we've learned is that afghan security forces are being led by afghan national police. now, this is significant because nato and part of the transition made it clear that they're intent on positions more and more authority toward afghan forces. today was actually the first day of the transition period to be extended over the next two years. what we see right now, the afghan national police taking the lead in this gun battle. as you said, at least three attackers entered the home of a key ally -- excuse me. key adviser to
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Jul 17, 2011 2:00pm PDT
of our top stories. a key adviser to afghan president hamid karzai and a member of afghanistan's parliament were killed today. at least three attackers entered the home of jan mohammed kahn, the former governor of one province. they killed him, his security detail and the parliament member. minutes ago i talked by phone with cnn's david ariosto in kabul. >> just moments ago we spoke with both nato and afghan officials. this gun battle that has been raging since about 8:00 p.m. local time here in kabul continues. what we've learned is that afghan security forces are being led by afghan national police. this is significant because nato and part of the transition made it clear that they're intent on positions more and more authority towards afghan forces. today was actually the first day of the transition period to be extended over the next two years. >> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack. >>> the murdoch phone hacking scandal in britain has claimed its first public official. just hours ago, britain's top cop suddenly resigned. his resignation comes on the same
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Jul 4, 2011 2:00pm PDT
withes raised concerns about their star witness. petraeus in kandahar afghanistan told him they exhibit the most yuaningful display of patism possible. he plans the withdrawal of 33,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan by september 2012. hugo chavez made a surprise return home. he's been in havana cuba for several weeks after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. former secretary of state condoleezza rice attended today's unveiling ceremony and remarked on the special relationship between the u.s. and britain. margaret thatcher paid tribute. >> they've got a statute and we've got an airport. probably some other things named after him, too. thanks so much for that. the housing crisis have been so painful for so many americans it can be even harder for american families. troops ordered to relocate can face massive losses on the homes they've been forced to leave behind. >> packing up and moving out. this is montgomery's 15th time for the military. but this time it's different as he makes his move to virginia, the financial burden of his north las vegas home will be. co-ing w
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Jul 5, 2011 6:00am PDT
for more closely in the next day or two. >> thank you. >>> a drawdown of troops in afghanistan begins this month, and not only does that mean less troops in the frontlines, but three heavy hitters are moving on as well. >> yeah, obviously, you know, david petraeus moving over to the cia, and the retirements of defense secretary bob gates, and soon, you know, admiral mike mullen. it's a changing of the guard as well as ambassador karl eikenberry leaving. these are basically the men in the room. these are the people who have the president's ear when it comes to time to make decisions like do you go for a surge, or how many troops do you surge in and how many should come out. now there will be new faces around that table when these decisions get made. the war in afghanistan will take a turn as the new figures come into play, because the war which has been primary concentrated in the south for the last year or two, is now -- you will see a lot of shift to the east. not so much with u.s. troops, but a lot of assets, surveillance and recon suns, so the decisions that will be made over the n
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Jul 6, 2011 2:00pm PDT
the death of osama bin laden. cnn is with u.s. troop and local forces along afghanistan's border. >> americaning pushing the afghans to the front, taking the high ground into the hills. the pressure for less americans here is extreme, but the afghans only mustered five men for this patrol. >> when you shoot it's got to be five to seven-round bursts. >> and despite this training, are barely up to policing the local villages. let alone taking on the very terrorist network america came here to eradicate. american control does not extend up into the valley. >> u.s. and afghan officials say they located here al qaeda fighters, using the secluded also fine villages for training and planning. many taliban, several of them arabs linked to al qaeda, damaging their network. yet the clashes reveal al qaeda said mostly to be across the border in pakistan is again a concern, back where they started in afghanistan's hills. we push down into the valley, still an insurgent strong hold. high tech american attack helicopters buzzed overyaed until militants shot from them from the valley. >> it's u
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Jul 8, 2011 10:00am PDT
attacks, in 2005 or the families of fallen soldiers in afghanistan, celebrities, royal family, murder victims, the list just goes on and on, it's and just kind of breathtaking some of the things that are alleged to have gone on. >> dan rivers for us today in london. appreciate you as always, thanks so much. >>> the royal newlyweds are wrapping up their trip through canada. next stop, the u.s. introducing the schwab mobile app. it's schwab at your fingertips wherever, whenever you want. one log in lets you monitor all of your balances and transfer between accounts, so your money can move as fast as you do. check out your portfolio, track the market with live updates. and execute trades anywhere and anytime the inspiration hits you. even deposit checks right from your phone. just take a picture, hit deposit and you're done. open an account today and put schwab mobile to work for you. >>> prince william and list new bride are wrapping up the ka that ian tour with a stop in calgary. they helped kick off the calgary stampede parade, one of the largest in the world and it is billed by the o
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Jul 13, 2011 2:00pm PDT
are helping insurgents, enemies of the united states in afghanistan and effectively helping to kill americans and other nato forces there. what are they saying about that? >> well, wolf, it doesn't make sense when you look ate from an american perspective. when i was in pakistan earlier this year, pakistani officials are very concerned about two things. they feel a threat from india. they're worried about the indians having influence in afghanistan. there are some elements within pakistan that use these insurgents in afghanistan as sort of a check on india's power there. they don't like this idea of this rival india having influence on the other side of the border. the other thing they worry about is going into the tribal regions, by doing so they kick up a hornet's nest and then those people start to make attacks in places where people really care. you can liken to a very rural part in alaska, there would be a difference between something happening there and something happening in the heart of times square manhattan. that's sort of the pakistani perspective on that, wolf. >> a juror in the c
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Jul 10, 2011 5:00am PDT
. >>> pennetta is taking on the challenge of battling militants in afghanistan and pakistan as the u.s. prepares to drawdown troops in the region. yesterday he landed in kabul where he assured karzai. >> i assured him that the u.s. is committed to the long-term security of the afghan people and that our goal here is to insure that if afghanistan is stable in the future, and can secure, defend and govern itself so that it can never again become a safe haven for al qaeda and it's militant allies. >>> the word added a new nation this weekend. south sudan was recognized as the newest african country. you see the flag there being raised. independence comes after years of fighting between the islamic government and predominantly christian south. the reverend franklin graham spent time in the country and tells us the fight something far from over there. >> there is a lot of work that needs to be done. right now you have the mountains being attacked, and bombing the civilians as we sit here today. when we were celebrating peace yesterday, his air force was bombing. >> he attended the inauguration s cere
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Jul 10, 2011 7:00am PDT
insurance. >>> can a day pulled the last of its troops out of afghanistan this week. that brings us to our question of the week -- how many nations still have combat troops in afghanistan as part of the international security assist tansz force? is it 6, 16, 26 or 46? stay tuned and we'll tell you the correct answer. make sure you go to cnn.com/gps for ten more question and make sure you check out the global public square don't forget, you can also follow us on twitter and facebook. this week's "book of the week" is the "the last narco." it takes you deep into the life. now that bin laden is dead, this mexican drug kingpin is the number one most ban wanted man in the world, also on "forbes" list of the world's top billionaires. it's a fascinating look at the man. very well written. >>> we often think or politicians are always bickering. it might make you feel better to look at the case of australia, where it seems lawmakers have been literally been fighting like cats and dogs. listen to this. >> if i can finish now. >> why don't you meow when a woman does that. >> yes. what you hear there
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Jul 10, 2011 10:00am PDT
for you. >>> canada pulled the last of the combat troops out of afghanistan this week. this brings us to our question of the week. how many nations still have combat troops in afghanistan as part of the international security assistance force? is it a, 6, b, 16, c, 26 or d 46. stay tuned and we'll tell you the correct answer. go to cnn.com/gps for ten more questions. while you're there, make sure you check out our website, the global public square where you'll find smart interviews and essays and takes by our favorite experts. you will also find all of our gps shows. if you miss one, you can click and watch. don't forget, you can follow us on twitter and facebook. this week's book of the week is the last narco. it takes you deep inside the life of a man known as elchapo now that bin laden is dead, this mexican drug king pin is the number one most wanted man in the world. he's also on forbes list of the world top billionaires, it's a fascinating look at the man, the operation and international hunt for him. very well written. and now for the last look. we often think our politicians ar
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Jul 24, 2011 4:00pm PDT
the safety. >>> another gruesome story, this one is bad enough. an 8-year-old boy in afghanistan, the hanging -- he's been hang sfd. >> it is so sad and tragic. just the thought of it. the fact is that in helmand province there was a police officer and he was approached by insurgents and they asked him to hand over his police vehicle to supply them with the police vehicle. he said i'm not going to do that. they said, we're going to go after your son. they kidnapped his son and they hanged the 8-year-old and they killed him. the thing is that this raises again more questions in a country that's trying to establish its own autonomy. there are still intimidation factors in place, there's fear tactics for the average citizen to kind of back off. the thing is, hamid karzai came out, the president of afghanistan today, and he said -- he was really careful not to pin it on one group. he didn't say it was the taliban. he just called the killers terrorists. >> the drought in africa. horrific. >> this is an ongoing story for over a month now. imagine this -- like let's take the entire city of new york,
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Jul 29, 2011 4:00pm PDT
's in the deal. and no savings from iraq and afghanistan. there is a trigger to force addition@cuts. you would get mandatory mechanism for the standing. is that good enough for a final deal? >> i would say that is a vote in the right direction. >> would you vote for -- >> would seeing senator reid's plan, it contains $1 trillion in cuts because he assumes the ending of the war. i'm not sure. for me, i would like to see more. >> how about if we make the reid plan, so it's their plan. give the president the debt increase through the election as he wants and attach the balanced budget. put him in a position where their only objection is a balanced budget amendment where most have voiced support for. and many in the house, have voted for as well. the clean budget house. >> both jend themen, stand by. harry reid has come to the floor. we will go back to the floor of the senate. let's keep the conversation here. in divided government, there has ta be some give. is it your position if there is no balanced budget amendment, would your vote be no? >> that is very difficult to get my vote. just like the
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in order unassisted. >> the debt crisis is weighing heavily on the minds of u.s. troops in afghanistan. when joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen made an unnonsed visit to afghanistan, some soldiers asked about how the debt crisis would affect their paychecks. harry reid talked about the encounter on the senate floor. >> soldiers admiral mullen talked with weren't asking about military strategy or how a drawdown would affect them. they asked whether they would get paid if republicans force the united states to stop paying its bills. the reason that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers, they wondered how they would take care of families if the checks stop coming next month. the troops also pressed mullen on how it would affect military operations. what is it going to take to find a solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon break down the hurdles and options. don't miss get it done tonight 9:00 eastern only on cnn. >>> i'll be back in one hour from now with the latest from washington as negotiations continue to work out a debt deal before tuesday'
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and more transparent. >>> general david petraeus hands over command of afghanistan. the outgoing top commander of nato forces transferred authority to marine lieutenant john allen. petraeus plans to retire from the army before taking over as cia director on september the 6th. >>> former south african president nelson mandela celebrating his 93rd birthday with his family by his side as birthday wishes pour in from around the world. here are a few of them. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday >> the united nations and nelson mandela have one request, asking each person to devote 67 minutes to helping others, one minute for every year of mandela's own service to humanity. 67 minutes. that's a challenge we can all rise to. >>> this typhoon is headed for japan. that's got workers scrambling to protect a reactor at yeah been's crippled nuclear plant. even though the typhoon is expected to strike well south of the plant, authorities say they are not taking chances. typhoon ma-on is expected to make landfall tuesday. >>> even by it's land's start
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" reported last year by jason carroll. he's back in afghanistan with one of those soldiers, sergeant randy shorter. >> sergeant shorter was part of the surge who arrived last august. his one-year mission is nearly complete. jason is live from shirr rana in the northeastern part of afghanistan. happy fourth of july to you, nice to see you. >> and happy fourth of july to you. i'm going to bring in randy shorter right now. i have to tell you, we now have to refer to him as first sergeant randy shorter because he's since been promoted since the last time the two of us were together. let me bring you in here now. tell us about, what was it september, august, the last time i was with you guys? >> tell me what the past several months have been like? the taliban has been exerting its influence in the area. how has it been for you? >> for me and my men it's been quite busy. getting out there, getting after it. we've been steadily, you know, helping the afghan people here. we've been promoting a lot of projects, a lot of schools, getting out there every day. >> also, congratulations on that promotio
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Jul 11, 2011 3:00am PDT
and afghanistan. he is in baghdad this morning where he's meeting with u.s. forces as well as iraqi leaders. he says iraq has to do more to prevent insurge attacks on americans with iranian weapons. >> i would like for iraq to exert more of an effort to go after those extremists that are making use of these weapons, that if you are going, they have a responsibility to protect against that kind of attack occurring. >> all 46,000 remaining american troops are withdrawing this year under an agreement between the two countries. iraqi leaders are debating whether to request u.s. troops stay in the country beyond 2011. >>> this morning, pakistan telling america, keep your money, after the u.s. announced it's withholding $800 million in military aid. this is more evidence of the growing rift between the u.s. and pakistan. white house chief of staff william daly says it's in response to pakistan's decision to cut back on counterterrorism operations after the killing of osama bin laden. the u.s. typically gives pakistan more than $2 billion a year in security assistance. >>> u.s. joint chiefs of staff a
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Jul 1, 2011 3:00am PDT
budget' get u.s. troops out of afghanistan and out of iraq and speaking of iraq, june has been the deadliest month for u.s. troops in iraq in two years. a fact not lost on the new secretary of defense. >>> a few minutes away from this. barbara, leon panetta will do things his own way and a little bit different. i love this. he is going to bring his golden retriever to work. >> reporter: there is bravo, the wonder dog, who we will introduce everyone to i'm sure the coming weeks and months. bravo is an absolutely gorgeous golden retriever! you see him there with panetta and mrs. panetta at a ceremony. this is just the world's most gorgeous dog! bravo went to staff meetings at the cia, around the secret hallways with the director when panetta was there. he is described by cia operatives as the only dog in washington with a top secret clearance. >> he is a bomb sniffing dog? >> can he do anything cool because he's a cia dog? >> reporter: not that we know of. other than sit around and wag his tail and look at you with these incredible big brown eyes. >> this is all fun and games unt
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Jul 21, 2011 3:00am PDT
in afghanistan's air force. >> and are training in texas. ed lavandara has more on their history making mission. >> reporter: the passion and dreams of these four women easily cuts through their broken english. >> we are going to open the door for our laid niece afghanistan. it is a big deal for us to open the door. ladies that have dreams but can't do it. we want to show them. >> reporter: these laid reese lieutenants in the afghanistan military and have come to the united states to study english at the defense language institute in texas. it is their dreams of piloting helicopters that could help change the future of women in their homeland. >> these young ladies are path finders, trail blazers. and -- as such, they are subject to the criticism and antagonism of those that don't want to see the particular path. >> reporter: the soldiers say they are prepared for the scrutiny and are confident. >> the women of afghanistan, don't be afraid of anything. if you want to do something, you can do it. just believe in yourself you can do it. >> reporter: back home, these women are battling chauvanism.
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say, get those troops out of both afghanistan and iraq and just consider this and iraq, the month of june that has just passed was the most deadly troops in iraq in the last two years. even as that war supposedly winding down, still very deadly and lethal for u.s. troops, as is afghanistan, far from over. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. >>> bill clinton weighing in on the presidential campaign in a one-on-one interview with wolf blitzer. he asked clinton if he fr talks to president obama about re-elected. >> not a lot. he's got plenty to do. he's had to deal -- he's got the afghanistan problem, libya problem, a whole range of other issues. if they want me to do something, i talk. >> you wait for a phone call. >> absolutely. i don't think i should. he knows i support in general what he's trying to do. i'm out here trying to explain it to people, but he's got a good team. you know, i talk to gene sperling from time to time. >> he worked for you? >> he did. he's a good man. i talked to joe biden last week about some of these economic issues, but i think it's important, you know, no
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Jul 7, 2011 8:00am PDT
in afghanistan. >> right past there, usually our patrols don't push too far past that. if you push too far past that, you'll take enemy contact. (screams) when an investment lacks discipline, it's never this obvious. introducing investment discipline etfs from russell. visit russelletfs.com r a prospectus, containing the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. read and consider it carefully before investing. unlike fish oil, megared softgels are small and easy to swallow with no fishy smell or aftertaste. try megared today. >>> cnn's in depth focus this week, the final mission of nasa's space shuttle program. "atlantis" is scheduled to lift off in a little more than 24 hours, 11:26 a.m. eastern on friday. big question about the weather, whether or not that will cooperate. our john zarrella is covering the launch at kennedy space center and he's talked with the crew. reynolds wolf is tracking the weather near kennedy space center. john, we'll talk about you first. tell us about the crew. are they ready? are they excited? >> reporter: this crew at one point didn't e
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Jul 11, 2011 8:00am PDT
like libya, afghanistan. steny hoyer, the number two democrat in the house, he is more in line with the president. i think it is fair to say than nancy pelosi. >> that split within the democratic party is a challenge president obama has in rallying his own troops. i want to bring some breaking news on another story. the british media, including the bbc, reporting that former british prime minister, gordon brown, is going to be making a statement very shortly. he is claiming that his phone and bank account were hacked by the sunday times. that's another murdock newspaper. this is going to be a statement that he is making very shortly. it comes after, as you know, the news of the world, another murdock publication was discontinued for allegedly hacking phones and other private information from those who are celebrities and numerous other people who fell victim to that publication. now, another murdock publication, allegedly, hacking phone and bank accounts of the former prime minister, gordon brown. that is according to gordon brown and his office. he is going to be releasing tha
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of the president of afghanistan created a sudden power vacuum in the birthplace of the taliban. today karzai attended the funeral, and wally karzai was one of the most power fful men. they say the shooter was asleeper agent of the taliban. it was a very emotional day for president karzai. >> reporter: yes, it has been a very difficult day for the president of afghanistan today. today he buried a brother who was his staunches ali in the country, and he buried a brother. mr. karzai arrived for the funeral in a helicopter and was joined by thousands of mourners. he was openly crying during the ceremony. he climbed into his brother's freshly dug grave. he was joined at the grave site by power brokers and others. >> any new details on the taliban's claims that they were behind this? >> reporter: this murder still remains buried in mystery. it seems that that's not necessarily clear if the shooter was asleeper agent. a team of investigators have landed in kandahar to try and find out. many of his relatives and friends have been arrested, but with the two witnesses in this -- the two main witnesses
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this morning. the taliban is taking responsibility. this is the latest in a series of attacks in afghanistan against the government. the brother of hamid karzi was killed earlier this month. >>> a source tells cnn the new york hotel made that accused strauss-kahn of sexual assault is meeting with prosecutors today. the alleged victim and her attorney arrived at the district attorney's office, and that happened earlier this morning. strauss-kahn is the former head of the international monetary fund. the status hearing in the case has been moved from august 1st until the end of the month. >>> the funding fight that threatens to keep memphis schools shut down could be resolved. it will take $12 million as a partial payment. that payment has to be made next week, three days before the school year starts. >> i think they should breathe a deep sigh of relief. absolutely. you know, they are going to start in service august 1st, and they will be paid for that, and they will put pressure on the city council to do what they need to do. >>> it has been a symbol of the pain and perseverance after 9/11,
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, and two wars, iraq and afghanistan that were not paid for, and a bad recession that somebody was responsible for creating. and if you listen to the republicans, they are saying 2 1/2 years of the obama administration and the enormous growth in spending, that's to blame. >> i heard the same thing you heard. it's clear that they won't use george w. bush's name anymore, because the american public has said the statute of limitations is up on that, you cannot blame your predecessor anymore, and he did go through that litany. he did make the case i am on the side of the american public and the republicans are on the wrong side of public opinion on this. 80% of the polls that we looked at showed 67% of the american public wants to get a deal that has both revenue and spending cuts. but when you look at the internals of those polls, they also show the republican party itself is with the republican leaders in saying no taxes. it's kind of a split in the republican party for sure, but the overwhelming number comes from when you add in independent voters and democratic voters. so the p
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. >> there's been a change of u.s. command in afghanistan today as well. general david petraeus leaving to become the cia director handed command of the afghan war to marine general john allen. allen served as a deputy at u.s. central command in tampa before getting that job in afghanistan. >>> in los angeles all back to normal. the 405 traffic was resumed. another typical morning commute. transportation workers closed that busy freeway this weekend to tear down a bridge. that whipped up talk of citywide gridlock, but carmageddon didn't happen. construction crews wrapped up work well before the rush hour deadline. >> i think people are a little spoiled, and they need to realize there's other ways to get around. >> i think it absolutely worked. i wish it could be an ongoing thing. >> thanks, ron. >>> when this flag returns again someday to earth by astronauts that came up on an american spacecraft, it's journey will not end there. the journey will continue. >> a little bit of history in space today. two hours ago astronauts shut the door between "atlantis" and the space station for one l
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country, why? well, they've been active in afghanistan, had a deployment there for several years, active in the libyan air campaign, the cartoon issue. also, what we're finding in scandinavia is groups themselves are coming together from denmark, sweden, and norway, different ethnicities gathering and meeting in mosques, and they are adjacent -- they're local to norway, sweden, denmark. know where the targets are. and saying a man who lived in norway, head of a very radical sunni group from northern iraq who was prosecuted because he'd threatened norwegian ministers because he was going to be deported. he said, you deport me and i get killed in iraq, the same will happen to norwegian ministers. so they do have this fringe in scandinavian countries of islamist militants. >> when i have questions about terrorism here, i often come you and ask you, you know, who these people are, what's going on here. in terms of who might be behind this, who do you think? >> it could be a whole range of groups. but the point is that al qaeda is not so much an organization. it's more a spirit for these peop
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in afghanistan or iraq or perhaps the publications of some of these cartoons of the profit mohammed. >> we'll stay in touch with you. thanks very much for helping us. >> thanks a lot. >> obama spoke out about the attacks in norway from the white house not that long ago and he condemned the violence. >> we want to prevent this kind of terror from occurring. we have cooperated with both intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks. >> what's going on? >> so far no official request from norway for help, but a top counterterrorism official says you should expect to see both countries, they have a very close relationship. expect to see them share everything they can on intelligence. where might the norwegians start to look for clues? it whether start right on the streets of oslo. they will look at those buildings with or without u.s. help. they will look at the destruction. was that reinforced steel? was it reinforced concrete? how wide a area? that will help them calculate the size of the bomb, the power of the bomb. and they will get into bomb forensics, if you w
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. the first u.s. troops have left afghanistan. the draw down is under way. barbara starr is live for us at the pentagon. hey, barbara. >> good morning, soledad. the first of the 33,000 surge forces, in fact, yes, on their way home out of afghanistan now. u.s. officials are confirming about 650 troops mainly from the iowa national guard, left afghanistan on wednesday. they will not be replaced and that's how they're going to begin to achieve this draw down that president obama ordered. bring troops home as scheduled, don't send in new troops. soledad. >> the administration is jumping back into the don't ask, don't tell debate. what's happening now? >> well, this is really very interesting, but legally, a bit murky. the obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to suspend its ruling that would end enforcement of don't ask, don't tell in the u.s. military. what the obama administration says, it wants, is to keep to the new status quo, if you will, to follow that congressional law where the military will lift the ban on don't ask, don't tell. they're already working on it. they
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Jul 9, 2011 8:00am PDT
landed in afghanistan a short time ago. this is his first visit to the war zone as the nation's top military boss. panetta's trip points to the importance of afghanistan, especially with the troop drawdown beginning this month. panetta says the u.s. is within reach of defeating al qaeda altogether, saying, quote, we have them on the run. >>> in washington, a call for peace from dalai lama. the tibetan spiritual leader is speaking at this hour, right now, at an event called a talk for world peace. it is being held on the lawn of the u.s. capitol. >> try to create calm mind, peaceful mind. and then that creates within our own fabric, within our own community. that's the way to change society. >> spreading peace through change. the dalai lama is on an 11-day trip to washington. he then heads to chicago for two more speaking engagements. >>> "atlantis" is in the middle of its last trip to the international space station. the final space mission began yesterday with a flawless launch from the kennedy space center. the astronauts woke up today just before 4:00 a.m. eastern when mission co
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to play, if you want us to pay, don. >> so, elise, how serious is this riff between afghanistan and islam bad? >> it's gradually decreasing. a lot for fit for tat and what is going to happen next now that the u.s. reduced this aid. what are the pakistanis going to do? the u.s. is already very concerned that it can't trust the pakistani military and the pakistani intelligence with the information they're giving them about the milmilitants. so, a big concern right now and you'll see a lot of the u.s. going it alone, such as these drone strikes. >> could this backfire and limit u.s. leverage over pakistan on counterterrorism cooperation? >> it certainly could, but things are pretty bad as they are. i think the calculation by u.s. officials is like they need to send the pakistanis a message that, listen, if you want to continue having u.s. support, u.s. assistance for a threat that you've acknowledged, you have on your borders, you're going to have to work with us and we're going to have to have more of a give and take and a trusting relationship. >> senior state department producer elise, th
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while tossing an enemy grenade away from fellow soldiers in afghanistan. sergeant first class leroy arthur petry is the second recipient of the award for actions in iraq and afghanistan. a baseball fan is lucky to be alive after he almost fell 20 feet head first while trying to catch a ball during the all-star home run derby. keith car michael's brother, friends and some fans grabbed his legs and likely saved his life. last night's incident comes just days after a texas ranger's fan plunged to his death while trying to grab a ball. >>> and the new york fan who caught derek jeter's 3,000th career hit and gave it back instead of trying to cash in could still be slapped with a big tax bill. as much as $14,000 according to some reports. that's because yankee boss gave christian lopez free luxury suite tickets to every remaining game and a lot of yankee autograph swag. if that's taxable income then he'll have to pay up. if it's considered a gift, then he'll be safe from the irs. >> why wouldn't be a gift? >> i don't know. they have to figure this out. what i will say as a non-baseball fa
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. the reid plan says we won't be in iraq and afghanistan. that's $1 trillion. we'll have a commission. that will save us $$1 billion. those aren't real. >>> the problem you have is ideological purity. when you sit here and look at the congressional budget office, made it clear that if the bush tax cuts were not extended, all of them, deficit goes down. if you extend all of them, $3.3 trillion increase over ten years. that's fact will we won't sit here and debate a fact. it is a fact. and so on democratic side, it is crazy to sit here and say we have no issue with medicare, medicaid. no issue with social security. you have rising costs. at some point you cannot have people on the democratic side and the republican side say absolutely not. i'm not giving up anything. you have to be able to give up something. >> the republicans were willing, at least until recently. you heard john boehner, the speaker of the house saying he was willing for $800 billion in tax revenue. increases in taxes in effect. that's not ideological purity. >> right. could he sell that to his party? >> and at the end
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? >> afghanistan, tell us about this, sainl, launching a new tv show called "the ministry." from people i've talked to, they say it seems like the afghan version of "the office." >> that's exactly what it's supposed to be, the afghan version of "the office." they're even going to shoot it in the same way, this loose documentary format style, too. what they're saying is they're not just dealing with an office scenario, but they'll be focusing on the ministry of garbage, but they want to focus on important afghan issues like corruption. that is going to be a show to watch if you're in afghanistan. it's going to be on the main local commercial tv channel there. speaking of shows, ali, i was watching ""the daily show"," guess who popped up. take a look at this picture. jon stewart comparing, yes, ali velshi to, oh, no, an egg. >> an egg. >> an egg with glasses. >> good glasses. i want you to know i took offense to this, ali. this kind of upset me. i didn't think it was fair. i actually thought this was better. take a look at what i came up with, ali as the moon. how about ali as watermelon. >> nice. >>
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of the rest is because of the unfunded wars in iraq and afghanistan, started in the bush term which the first wars in american history that they didn't raise taxes to pay for. >> and in fairness, a lot of it is because of our economy has taken a tremendous nose dive. >> that's right. the economy has taken a nose dive. not because of any great spending splurge by the obama administration which didn't occur. >> so if you don't see a clear path forward right now, you have been there a while. you know how this sort of stuff works. how do we fashion such a path? >> the only way to fashion such a path -- let me say one thing. you have to understand how bad the boehner plan or anything they are insisting on is. i've seen too much commentary saying boehner and reid aren't that far apart, which is nonsense. the second half of getting the debt ceiling raised is dependent on a second $1.6 trillion spending cut, almost entirely from entitlements, you will have already eviscerated the direct spending part. you have to make draconian cuts in medicare, medicaid, and democrats cannot stand for that, period.
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of the bush tax cuts. a lot of the rest is because of the unfunded wars in iraq and afghanistan, started in the bush term which the first wars in american history that they didn't raise taxes to pay for. >> and in fairness, a lot of it is because of our economy has taken a tremendous nose dive. >> that's right. the economy has taken a nose dive. not because of any great spending splurge by the obama administration which didn't occur. >> so if you don't see a clear path forward right now, you have been there a while. you know how this sort of stuff works. how do we fashion such a path? >> the only way to fashion such a path -- let me say one thing. you have to understand how bad the boehner plan or anything they are insisting on is. i've seen too much commentary saying boehner and reid aren't that far apart, which is nonsense. the second half of getting the debt ceiling raised is dependent on a second $1.6 trillion spending cut, almost entirely from entitlements, you will have already eviscerated the direct spending part. you have to make draconian cuts in medicare, medicaid, and democrat
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and afghanistan wars. that is $1 trillion of difference. the boehner plan doesn't consider the winding down of the afghanistan and iraq wars. another thing that is in there that is very different from the democrat and republican ideas is boehner has this balanced budget amendment in there. it is a requirement for both houses to pass it. the democrats say that is ridiculous. the fact of the matter is, a lot of people out there in the country think it is a good idea until they start having to worry about entitlements being cut as a result of it. that is something that the democrats and republicans disagree on. probably the biggest thing is the idea of the two-step process that boehner has. the republicans, i should say the democrats don't like that at all. they have to work that one out. >> joe johns, you are up and at it for us. we have reporters on capitol hill who are checking in with you in d.c. another interesting day. joe, thank you so much. the president has lost some 30,000 supporters in the midst of all of this. the president has urged a compromi compromise. he did it on twitter. he
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now. a soldier's death in afghanistan is shrouded in mystery. few details are known, except he was part of the army's secret force. cnn's pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, though with the details. >> reporter: it was here in the mountains of eastern afghanistan that army master sergeant benjamin stevenson was killed on his tenth combat tour of duty. this is the only photo the army will release of the soldier from ft. bragg's army special operations command. the military will say little about his extraordinary record. but cnn has been told by military sources stevenson was a veteran of the army's deeply classified world of special operations forces, highly trained in counterterrorist assault missions, the army equivalent of the navy s.e.a.l.s who killed osama bin laden. on july 21st, stevenson and others helicoptered at night into the mountains. the target, a camp of foreign fighters. the americans quickly came under fire and returned fire, killing nearly 50 insurgents. but at dawn, two more waves of insurgent s attacked. the u.s. repeatedly brought in reinforcements. preci
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the upcoming vote. >> -- ask about military strategy or how a troop drawdown in afghanistan would affect them. no. they ask whether they would pay for republicans to force the united states government to stop paying its bills. a region that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers this month and wondered how they would take care of their families if the checks stopped coming next month. let me read a little bit of that that came out yesterday. "half a world away from the capitol, capitol hill deadlock, the debt crisis weighs heavily on troops in afghanistan. and the top question on their minds saturday, even as bombings rocked the city around them, was one a top united states military officer couldn't answer -- will we get paid?" admiral mullen went on to say, "i don't know the answer to that question. but either way, those soldiers, all of you must continue to work every day." this is really unacceptable. a country as rich and powerful as ours, men and women with bombs going off arnold them, shouldn't wonder if this country would leave them high and dry. this afternoon i've
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a new success in their attempts to weaken the government of afghanistan. a key adviser to president hamid karzai, john mohammed khan, was killed inside his home today by three attackers. president karzai's half brother also a government official was assassinated less than a week ago. >>> in egypt, new signs that the health of hosni mubarak is deteriorating. the deposed president slipped into a coma today before regaining consciousness. hospital officials say his condition is now stable. mubarak has been hospitalized since april. the former strongman is said to be dealing with complications from cancer. he faces trial in august on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during egypt's revolution. >>> the health of venezuela's president is in doubt after hugo chavez flew back to cuba for cancer treatment last night. chavez says he'll receive chemotherapy as part of an aggressive treatment plan. he hasn't revealed what kind of cancer he has. president chavez spent less than a month in venezuela after an earlier trip to cuba. he is resisting calls to relinquish power. >>> is there
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discretionary spending, he tripled the number of troops in afghanistan -- >> the question, we need to close it, going into the next week or so, who blinks if everyone? >> there will be a compromise. the president will get less money than he wanted and the republicans will get fewer cuts than they wanted, but they're not ra raising anyone's taxes. >>> and hillary clinton speaks before indian. >>> and michele bachmann's migraines, will she be able to silence critics about her ability to be commander in chief? and smarter so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it lets you access business forms on the go, fire off e-mails with the qwerty keypad, and work securely around the world so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it's the android-powered phone that mixes business with pleasure. so let's get our work done, america, so we can all get back to playing "angry birds." the motorola expert from sprint. trouble hearing on the phone? visit sprintrelay.com. >>> minnesota congresswoman and republican presidential candidate mishachele bachmann described more about her migraines. the letter s
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. in afghanistan assassins kill a second senior official in less than a week. he was a member of parliament and a key adviser to karzai. >>> minutes ago space shuttle atlantis closed its hatch. it's scheduled to land thursday sxend the final flight of the shuttle program. nelson mandela turns 93. south africans pay tribute to him by forming at least 67 minutes of volunteering, one minute for each mandela spent fighting for freedom in south africa. >>> a new casualty in the roux per murdoch's media scandal. one of scotland yard's top officers resigned. two years ago john yates ruled there was no re-open the investigation, and it was that botched decision that cost the job of britain's top cop. the head of the scotland yard stepped down amid public outrage yesterday. >> as commissioner i carry ultimate responsibility for the position we find ourselves in. with hindsight i wish we had judged some matters involved in this affair differently. i didn't, and that's that. >> cnn's dan rivers is in london where all eyes turn to tomorrow's testimony before lawmakers. tell us why. >> reporter: well, t
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Jul 4, 2011 8:00am PDT
troops stationed in afghanistan. then, an 800 credit score, 20% down, but no mortgage? home buyer horror stories continue to pile up. plus, lacing up for the world's largest 10k. we have a win ner atlanta at the peachtree road race. you don't want to miss that. >>> and oh, my god, the july fourth hot dog hogs do battle in coney island. we continue to eat this up. >> this is one of the greatest theme stunts ever put forth in the united states. i remember the days before copd. my son and i never missed opening day. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function, starting within 5 minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better, and that means... game on! symbicort is for copd, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. it should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort may increase your risk of lung infections, osteoporosis, and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high bloo
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Jul 4, 2011 10:00am PDT
might have created. >> this is major blankenship. i am getting ready to deploy to afghanistan, and want to give a shout-out to my daughter, vicky, and son and daughter, and happy fourth of july and love you and miss you all. how'd you do it? eating right, whole grain. [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multigrain cheerios... five whole grains, 110 calories. multigrain cheerios... host: could switching to geico reon car insurance? or more host: do people use smartphones to do dumb things? man 1: send, that is the weekend. app grapgic: yeah dawg! man 2: allow me to crack...the bubbly! man 1: don't mind if i doozy. man 3: is a gentleman with a brostache invited over to this party? man 1: only if he's ready to rock! ♪ sfx: guitar and trumpet jam vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. whose long day starts with arthritis pain... and a choice. take tylenol arthritis and maybe up to six in a day... or choose aleve and two pills for a day free of pain. happy chopping. [ owl hooting ] things aren't always
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Jul 6, 2011 8:00am PDT
afghanistan. two women in parliament, yep, you see it, getting physical. one throwing a shoe, the other hurling a bottle of water. it happened during rocket attacks in neighboring pakistan. a passionate topic. >>> now back to casey anthony and the question now, is this her final day behind bars after being acquitted for murder. the 25-year-old has a sentence hearing for just misdemeanor convictions. david manningly is outside the courthouse in orlando, florida. you have been watching this closely. what is the expectation about whether or not she's getting free tomorrow? >> reporter: well, those four counts of lying to officers, they each carry one year maximum in jail. she's been in jail almost three years. it's possible the judge could say time served and let her go free tomorrow. if that's the case, that's just one scenario. if that's the case, the orange county correction department says she won't be released like a typical inmate is once they are let go at the courthouse because of the emotional intense scrutiny on the kate. they put out the statement saying appropriate measures wil
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Jul 7, 2011 2:00pm PDT
don't leave any troops in iraq and ditto with afghanistan. get on with governing an america that puts its own citizens first and concentrates on bettering the home country for everybody who lives here. in case you hadn't noticed while you were wasting trillions on useless wars, america has fallen in a pit of overspending, foreclosure and unemployment. john writes the usa needs to get out of iraq as soon as possible. what is the president thinking. the huge budget mess is largely due to the wars in iraq and afghanistan. how can they think of cutting social security or medicare for our seniors and disabled citizens at the cost of these wars? i'm 60 and i feel my future is very uncertain. ter fre arizona writes how many way do i need to respond with no for my reply to be read on air? you got it done. >> i hope that makes terry happy. >> i don't care if it does or not. >> new evidence of the dangerous links between al qaeda leaders and the growing terror threat in somalia. wa can casey anthony expect when she walks out of jail next week. the security and the spectacle >>> new information
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Jul 8, 2011 12:00pm PDT
to go fight. i took off for a year to go fight in afghanistan. >> he spent much of 2002 and 2003 near canned -- kandahar hunting for the taliban. but then he went back to afghanistan. >> i spent a lot of time with route clearance units looking for i.u.d.s. my vehicle never got hit. i was very, very lucky. when you run up there and pull open the door and see your injured buddies, you never forget that sight. >> this time back home, he began to explore the science of brain injury. >> what happens when the brain gets hit by a blast wave and slams up against the inside of the skull? >> with colleagues at new york university, parker built new tools to discover how a blast affects the brain. it could be years before this leads to new treatments, but parker hopes eventually will have a broad impact. >> a concussion a football player suffers or a car accident and your head snaps forward or shaken baby syndrome. these are all examples of head injuries that can cause a traumatic brain injury. >> today his lab is humming with young graduate students. about half a dozen are veterans. >> we're ver
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Jul 26, 2011 2:00pm PDT
were meant to go to taliban militants in afghanistan. one indictment describes a heroin deal that have grew into a $9.5 million arm sell. an ooatheist group is suing to block the display of the world trade center cross. they say the cross display is, quote, an inpermissible mingling of church and state. it consists of two steel beams. it was found in the wreckage and moved to the memorial on saturday. and one year after the worst oil spill in u.s. history, bp's bottom line is pretty good. the company announced $5.3 billion in second quarter profits. that's a $22 million turnaround from the same period last year. $22 million swing the other way. and now they're posting $5 billion profit. >> a lot of people are going to be looking at the second quarter profits. >>> player or spectator? the president's changing role in the debt talks and whether he can really be sidelined plus, fast and furious. why a controversial gun program is sparking new outrage today in congress. you see, airline cres promise flights for 25,000 miles, but... [ man ] there's never any seats for 25,000 miles. frustrat
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Jul 15, 2011 10:00am PDT
of 10,000 american troops in afghanistan by year's end, now under way. military officials say this is the first group of soldiers whose redeployment will not be replaced by a fresh rotation of troops. >>> five years after the idea was initially vetoed the state of california will now require public school history books to feature contributions by gay, lesbian and transgender people. brown calls the legislation, quote, an important step forward for our state. >>> one of california's most important commuter highways will slow to a crawl this weekend, and some are calling the gridlock karcakarmcarmageddon. the end goal of the project is to widen the road to ease c conjustion. >>> we'll talk with l.a. mayor about the road closure and how his city is preparing for carmageddon. >>> after hinting around it for months, some of you be able to ease through airport security. but be ready to give up some of your privacy. i will explain. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card,
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Jul 18, 2011 10:00am PDT
projects. >>> general david petraeus handed over command of the war in afghanistan, and the fact the war is far from over is scored by violence. there was a killing of a district police chief and the deaths of four nato soldiers. and we are joined from the afghan capital, kabul. what did general petraeus say about the war he is leaving? >> reporte >> it has again been the greatest of honors to serve here, to witness the skill and valor of our troopers, and -- >> reporter: rannie, the former commander rejected on kandahar and he thanks his afghan colleag colleague, many of whom will be taking over as they transition authority for the security of many of the praufenses. and the full droudown is expected to take place by 2014, but incoming general, john allen, said he was cognizant of the tough road ahead, and he served in the surge in 2007, and comes at this at a critical time in the terms of the transition and the security in the country. what we have seen has been an interesting shift by what some officials describe is a shift by taliban and other militants in the southern eastern parts
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Jul 18, 2011 12:00pm PDT
, militants crossed over from afghanistan and attack advil lage on pakistani soil, they believe the gunmen were members of the pakistani taliban from the swat valley, a pakistani-talib pakistani-talibani stronghold. we haven't been able to identify the identity of the gunmen or the victims, the military says inns clearly an attempt by the taliban to intimidate local villagers and security forces. the military insists this is a tactic that will not work. >> we're going to have a little bit more on that story coming up in our next hour. it's gotten pretty quiet in washington lately, when it comes to the tense notion negotiatioy to prove it. hereby here the president is just a short time ago. >> reporter: mr. president, any progress in your talks with speaker boehner yesterday? >> we're making progress. >> so if so, it's very quiet progress, no more shots of the two sides sitting around that table. but today they are saying, yes, president obama did meet yesterday with house speaker john boehner and house majority leader eric cantor, so the top three players did in fact meet sunday and the w
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Jul 1, 2011 6:00pm PDT
time of the russian invasion of afghanistan which nobody understood what was going on. i'm going off on a tangent. it changed -- suddenly people started to talk about politics again and said well maybe eva peron and what we were trying to say there was an interesting subject. >> how much did the critics get to you over the years? >> i didn't care very much if i don't think that the critics understand music. >> but somebody you respect, what's the most hurtful kind of thing that they would say that would get to you. >> somebody who i did respect as a musician said that the score was humdrum or something then i would be sad if i believed in the score. there are always going to be occasions where i think with musical theater and particularly what i do in musical theater it gets a little bit curious because i fit between two camps. clearly i would be the worst composer in history for "hair spray." i would be the worse composer for "book of mormon." on the other side i'm more operatic but not that serious. >> broadway is making a lot of money. what's that about? some people say it's link
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Jul 2, 2011 12:00pm PDT
went to the canadian war museum and met some war veterans, past wars but also afghanistan and some military wives. she is one herself now so she had a lot to talk about with them. currently they're in the air heading toward montreal where they'll first visit a children's hospital. that will be quite an emotional visit. specifically catherine. she gets on very well with children. then they'll be coming to this culinary institute where they're going to speak to students and cook food with them. and william is a very good cook indeed. he cooks at home, we're told. and catherine, we're not so sure about so we'll get a sense of whether she can cook, too. >> okay. what about the crowds? how have they been? >> reporter: well, the crowds are gathering here. you may or may not know but quebec is not a monarchy stronghold. the polls are really interesting here. they've been backed up with conversations i've had with the people of quebec. they're saying they disapprove of the monarchy but actually they're huge fans of william and kate. so william and kate have done great thing for the monarch
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Jul 2, 2011 1:00pm PDT
and then a little bit later on, fellow soldiers, honoring one of their own, fallen in combat in afghanistan. but if you look at this, this man was serving as an openly gay soldier, fred, his parents are honoring his memory by fighting for same-sex marriage in arizona. and a lawmaker in the state who wants to outlaw gay marriage. and everyone in his unit was very supportive of him. and of course he was killed in combat. and when this happens, everyone there accepts it, why are you fighting against it? >> very contentious. >> a big holiday weekend. >> also just got back from new orleans. everyone's like where's fredericka. >> not this time, sorry. >> it's not the same without you. >> yeah, right, i'm sure that's what you were thinking. did you have a little bit of benier srk benier's? >> yes, and i had some barbecue shrimp. i thought they wanted to tap my autograph and take pictures. they say are you from cnn? i say yes, and they say where's fredericka? >> we'll see you at the top of the hour. >>> look at our top stories right now. attorneys for arizona shooting suspect jared loughner will ke
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Jul 3, 2011 5:00am PDT
cain here this morning. what's on his mind? >> among others. but, he is on a tour of afghanistan and turkey, and he likes to visit the troops on july fourth. he has been a critic of the president's withdrawal plan, so obviously we want to know whether he has seen anything there that changes his mind. obviously, john mccain, his bay lou wick has been foreign policy. he has been a strong supporter of u.s. action in libya, and he thinks it should have been more aggressive and we want to talk about that as well. >> can't let you go without talking presidential politics. a lot came out of the president's press conference last week and how he went at democrats and republicans, saying hey, even my kids know when to get their work done. how is this play sng he got the senate to stick around and not take a full fourth of july holiday? >> he did, but the question is are they going to get anything done? the answer is probably not concerning the debt ceiling is concerned. they were not that happy. and there were democrats that i talked to over the course of the week that thought it was a tiny bit of le
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Jul 4, 2011 2:00am PDT
, including more than 100,000 in afghanistan, 92,000 in iraq, 79,000 in europe, and 43,000 in east asia and the pacific. hats off to all of you today. >>> let's go around the world with manita. you may be one of my older friends at cnn because we worked together even before we got here. what a pleasure to see you. busy morning. tell us about what's going on in chi china. >> yeah, it's good to see you, as well, ali. it has been a while. yeah, china, what we're dealing with right now there is another situation in which this country is not immune to. it has seen a lot of this situation happen before. we're talking about miners trapped in coal mines. what we understand, the southern part of china has been dealing with some torrential downpours and heavy rains. what has happened is that sum of these mines have been overflowed and have been flowing with a lot of the rain and water trapping some 40 miners in 2 separate coal mines. what they understand, some three bodies have already been pulled out. the fact of the matter is the heavy rains are also making it difficult for rescuers to actually
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Jul 10, 2011 8:00am PDT
countries with combat troops in afghanistan. go to our website for more. thank to all of you for being part of my program this weeks. i will see you next week. stay tuned for "reliable for sources." >> no matter how much evidence mounted of a corrupt culture, the one thing i never expected is that rupered murdock would shut it down. today is the last day for the newspapers as a phone hacking investigates reveals in a "news of the world quest targeted ordinary people. how deep is it the -- >>> casey anthony's lawyer complains about media assassination after his client is acquitted. did the legal loud mouth it is go too far? and should television news be ashaped for turning this tragedy into a soap opera? this question -- is the press guilty as equally to blame when that may not be the i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." >>> that phone hacking scandal had been spinning out of the control for months, but this week they made some stunning disclosures that went well beyond rogue journalists they access the the phone of a 13-year-old, and hacked phones of families of victims of the
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Jul 10, 2011 11:00am PDT
. you might be surprised to know there are still 46 countries with combat troops in afghanistan. go to our website for more. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. >>> you're in the cnn newsroom this sunday, july 10th, i'm fredericka whitfield. with the final edition of britain's "news of the world" on the stands rupert murdoch arrived in london today. his company's british subsidiary closed it after news that they hacked the phone of a teenager who was dead. >>> a strong earthquake rocked japan's northeastern quake. today's 7.1 tremor prompted tsunami add advisories later canceled. there are no reports of injuries or damage. >>> china no longer a rising world power. instead china has arrived. those words today from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mike mullen in beijing in a four-week visit. china's growing military strength comes with an obligation to the world. >> greater military power must come greater responsibility, greater cooperation and just as important, greater transparency. without these things the expansi
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Jul 12, 2011 12:00am PDT
clinton and bring the troops home. not just from iraq and afghanistan, but we have half a million troops in bases across the world. >> piers: how many do the chinese have? >> none. they don't have troops. because they know this is not the way you achieve agemny in this world. >> piers: i did a documentary in shanghai recently. fascinating time to be out there. this dynamism that you felt along the city. one frosting young multi millionaire, 125,000 millionaires in shanghai alone. >> how many. >> 125,000 millionaires in shanghai. he said i don't want to kill you. i don't want to take over your land. i want to sell you a duvet. i want to tell you everything in your home but i don't want to kill you. >> that's how they will be number one. they are building $300 billion of high speed rail. this country trying to get the money to build, i think it's $8 billion. they want to lay it between l.a. and las vegas, which i think it's funny that those are the two cities that have to be connected ed connected, but we have none. >> piers: i'm going to ask you which of these two people have the best cha
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Jul 12, 2011 9:00pm PDT
and afghanistan and surrounded by the bravest men and women in all the world, you know. and there was one point where i was playing "some gave all" and it was interrupted with some bomb blasts outside of kabul. one soldier stood up and said "keep going, mr. cyrus, we're used to it". i knew at that moment i was going to dedicate my music and my life to saying thanks to the troops and letting them know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice. >> the other thing that you care very passionately about is this charity you're involved in. >> that's right. copd. and if you want to learn about copd -- >> what does it stand for? >> chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. >> and the relevance to you is? >> my grandfather had problems breathing. he died when i was 11 or 12 years old. and i've seen -- again i mention my father who hat mess so theel yo ma. but the struggle to breathe. the more i learned about copd, the more i realized that this is something that i need to learn about, that we all need to learn about. you can go to driveforcopd.com. take a five question screener. see if you're a can
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Jul 28, 2011 1:00am PDT
. it topped over 100% after the funding of the iraq war, the afghanistan war and the collapse of lehman brothers and that huge financial bailout. despite all the discussion about what could happen with the budget deficit and the republicans and the democrats agreeing eye to eye on what could happen, the long-term debt is likely to continue rising. $14 trillion today, it could top $20 trillion by the year 2016 no matter what they do over the next week. >> coming up, a deepening humanitarian crisis in a hunger-stricken land. we go to kenya where the corners of the drought and famine go way beyond simply a lack of rain. medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, helps cover some of the medical expenses... not paid by medicare part b. that can
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Jul 29, 2011 1:00am PDT
wars, one in iraq and one in afghanistan and keep in mind, this, of course, was post-9/11. nothing, though, compares to the bush tax cuts have had on the federal budget. how does this compare to barack obama? well, we're looking at projected spending here from 2009 all the way to 2017. there is president obama's health care package, obama care, $152 billion there. discretion nair extendy tear, stimulus tax cuts, just over $425 billion and barack obama had his own stimulus package, just over $700 billion. let's look at the two grand totals here. president bush, a grand total of over $5 billion, president obama about $1.5 trillion. what this says is, yes, both presidents spent a lot of money over a long period of time but this crisis has been years in the making. >> that's one of the criticisms that many on washington have been receiving. we saw this coming. >> now it's time for a spot of weather and it's not looking like a great weekend for us in asia. in fact, if winds were howling around our building. i believe it has a lot do with the tropical storm system that's passing by here
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Jul 31, 2011 6:00am PDT
afghanistan killing 12 officers and injuring 14.
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Jul 15, 2011 6:00pm PDT
iraq and afghanistan but we have a half a million troops on bases. >> how many do chinese have? >> none, i don't think. >> may have hardly anything, they have no imperialistic ambition. >> this is not the way you achieve it in this world. not the 14th century. >> i was in shanghai. this dinism you felt. this young millionaire, 125,000 million yonaiaires in shanghai. he said, i don't want to kill you, i don't want to take over your land, i want to sell you a duvet. he laughed. he said we want to be number one in selling you duvets, i want to sell you everything in your home. i don't want to kill you. >> that's how they will be number one. they are building $300 billion of high speed rail. this country trying to get the money to build, i think it's $8 billion. they wanted to lay it between l.a. and las vegas, which i think is funny those are the two cities that have to be connected or maybe l.a. and san francisco. we have none at the moment. >> we'll have a little break. when we come back, i want to ask you, which of these two people do you think has the best chance of putting america bac
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Jul 17, 2011 7:00pm PDT
at the pentagon. the big news is general david petraeus on monday will leave afghanistan as commander of the war and be replaced by marine general john allen. petraeus will retire from the army after decades of service, come back to washington and head the central intelligence agency. >> i'm paul steinhauser. tomorrow tim pawlenty begins a swing through iowa doing well in the state that holds the first contest in the race for the white house is crucial to winning the nomination. wednesday, what's billed as the first ever twitter presidential debate. six candidates say they will take part in the event put on by a tea party group. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york. a watch dog association in washington opens its doors on thursday. the consumer financial protection bureau inspects the books of the biggest banks to ensure they are abiding by credit card laws and respond to consumer complaints. the white house has yet to appoint a director due to opposition in congress. we'll get key reports on the housing market and also earnings from g.e., coca-cola, wells fargo and caterpillar. we track it on cnn mo
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